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SIPRI at 50A Year of Reflection on Peace and Security: Looking at peace from a gender perspective and why it matters

SIPRI released the third film, 'Looking at peace from a gender perspective and why it matters', in its short-film series 2016A Year of Reflection. The film features SIPRI Research Assistant Emma Bjertén-Günther, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and SIPRI Chairman Sven-Olof Petersson discussing the role of gender in peace processes.

Watch the third film or see the whole series thus far on SIPRI's YouTube channel.

This film series is produced in cooperation with Different Films Limited.

SIPRI at 50: Looking at peace from a gender perspective and why it matters

Economics trumps geopolitics as China announces lowest defence budget increase in years

On 5 March, the opening day of the annual National People’s Congress, China announced a 7.6 per cent increase in its National Defense budget for 2016—or a total of 954 billion yuan ($146 billion). After accounting for inflation, the increase amounts to about 6 per cent compared with 2015 and is the lowest since 2010.

Read the expert comment by Sam Perlo-Freeman.

China military ship

African stakeholders call for more comprehensive, robust and long-term peace operations

As part of its New Geopolitics of Peace Operations in Africa Initiative, SIPRI and its project partner, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized a series of dialogue meetings with diplomats, military representatives and academics in five subregions of Africa. The meetings focused on peace operations in Africa and are summarized in five SIPRI workshop reports.

The reports can be downloaded from the SIPRI website. Please contect Xenia Avezov for more information.

UN missions in Afirca. UN Photo/Basile Zoma

Security in the Caucasus—see what’s new on SIPRI’s blog WritePeace

Middle East Conflict Risks Overspill into the Caucasus

Read this and all earlier WritePeace blog contributions.

SIPRI's blog WritePeace
4 April 2016, 16.2018.00, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Press Room, Fredsgatan 6, Stockholm
Nuclear Disarmament:
 Revisiting the Legacy of Olof Palme
To mark the 30th commemoration of the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, SIPRI, in cooperation with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, invites esteemed guests to a panel discussion on nuclear disarmament.

5 and 8 April 2016, Stimson Center, Washington, DC, and United Nations Headquarters, New York
SIPRI launches its latest military expenditure data
Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of SIPRI's Arms and Military Expenditure Programme will talk about SIPRI's latest military expenditure data at two events in the United States. The first event is co-hosted by SIPRI, the Forum on the Arms Trade and the Stimson Center and will be held in Washington, DC. Please register here. The second event is co-hosted by SIPRI and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Japan, and will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Please contact SIPRI Communications Director Stephanie Blenckner for more information.

April 2016, Stockholm
Stockholm Forum on Security and Development
SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs are pleased to co-host the 2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development this April. The Forum, which facilitates dialogue and interdisciplinary exchange among global experts, will examine how to deliver the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals in fragile environments. Through a series of roundtables, panels and workshops, the programme explores some of the world's most pressing security and development challenges in order to identify ways that different stakeholders can contribute to increased collaboration and improved outcomes. In its third year, the Forum continues to inform research and influence key policy agendas. More information is available on the SIPRI website or through the 'save the date' announcement.

7 March 2016, SIPRI, Signalistgatan 9, Solna
The transportation sector as counterproliferation partner

SIPRI hosted an event to celebrate the development of the new SIPRI Good Practice Guides, designed to support partnerships between the transportation sector and government authorities to counter weapons proliferation.

15 March 2016, Museum of the Mediterranean, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm
Can cooperative Arctic governance survive the crisis in Russian–Western relations? 
To launch the new book The New Arctic Governance, SIPRI held a panel discussion about peaceful cooperation in the Arctic. The panellists included Ekaterina Klimenko, SIPRI Researcher in the Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme, Dr Neil Melvin, SIPRI Senior Researcher in the Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme and Dr Andrei Zagorski, Head of the Department of Arms Control and Conflict Resolution Studies at IMEMO, Russia.


The New Arctic Governance book launch  

Watch a video of the panel discussion on SIPRI's YouTube channel.

16 March 2016, Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken 6, Stockholm
Threats and hope in nuclear security and disarmament: Can the IAEA's Nuclear Fuel Bank be a useful model for energy security and non-proliferation?

Ahead of the March 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, SIPRI and the Embassy of Kazakhstan hosted a discussion on new initiatives for energy security and non-proliferation. Read a review of the event (with photos).

New Governing Board member
Dr Radha Kumar joined SIPRI's Governing Board in March. She is currently Director General of the Delhi Policy Group, the first independent think tank in India. Dr Kumar holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an MA and BA from Cambridge University. She is a specialist in ethnic conflicts, peacemaking and peacebuilding, often with a feminist perspective.

See Dr Kumar's biography on the SIPRI website.

New Senior Researcher in Climate and Security
Dr Malin Mobjörk joined SIPRI in February as a Senior Researcher in the Security and Development Programme. Her work focuses on climate change, security and development. She has studied climate-induced migration, natural resource-based violent conflicts and compounding risk analysis. Dr Mobjörk obtained her PhD in Water and Environmental Studies from Linköping University in 2004.

See Dr Mobjörk's biography on the SIPRI website.

>>Pieter Wezeman commented to IPS on the prospects of an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia.

>>Damir Esenaliev gave an interview to the Akipress news agency about the Life in Kyrgyzstan survey and recent economic developments.

>>Tariq Rauf was interviewed by Tehran Times on Iran’s nuclear programme.

>>Gary Milante contributed to Sustainable Development Goals: the people's agenda with a piece on fragile development.

>>SIPRI data was quoted in a recent episode of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'.

>> More SIPRI in the media ...


New SIPRI publication on peacebuilding in Mali

SIPRI issued the new Insight on Peace and Security: Opportunity and challenges for civil society contributions to peacebuilding in Mali by Gaudence Nyirabikali.

Peace and security in Mali remained fragile at the end of 2015, despite the official endorsement in May and June 2015 of a peace agreement by all the parties to the political conflict. Civil society has the potential to promote an inclusive dialogue among all stakeholders and to contribute to other peacebuilding activities.

This SIPRI Insight on Peace and Security discusses some of the opportunities and challenges for civil society contributions to the ongoing peace process, and the policy implications for effective civil society contributions to the peacebuilding agenda in Mali.

Download the SIPRI Insight on Peace and Security.

SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security: Mali
New Non-Proliferation Paper
SIPRI's Dr Sibylle Bauer and Mark Bromley wrote the new Non-Proliferatoin Paper No. 48, titled 'The dual-use export control policy review: Balancing security, trade and academic freedom in a changing world' for the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium.

Read the Non-Proliferation Paper on SIPRI's website.


SIPRI Yearbook 2015

The 46th edition of the SIPRI Yearbook is a compendium of data and analysis in the areas of security and conflicts; military spending and armaments; and non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. It covers developments during 2014, including:

  • aspects of the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine;
  • regional military-security trends in East Asia;
  • military spending in the USA;
  • the continued negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear programme; and
  • the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Download a summary of the SIPRI Yearbook 2015.
Browse the contents page.


SIPRI Yearbook 2015
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